TEHRAN -- A technical delegation from Saudi Arabia has visited Iran’s northeastern city of Mashhad to inspect the kingdom’s consulate general and explore ways to reopen it.
Head of the representative office of Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Khorasan Razavi, Muhammad Beheshti Monfared, welcomed the Saudi delegation upon its arrival at Mashhad’s airport.
He also expressed hope that with the reopening of the political representatives of Tehran and Riyadh, the relations between these two important Muslim states in the region will expand and the nationals of Iran and Saudi Arabia will be able to travel to these two countries as before.
Nasser bin Awad al-Ghanoum, the head of the Saudi delegation, appreciated the foreign ministry’s officials in Mashhad for their warm reception and for facilitating the technical team’s trip to Iran.
He also expressed optimism that the restoration of diplomatic ties between Riyadh and Tehran would lead to further cooperation among regional countries and bring about prosperity to the region.
In the past few days, Iran and Saudi Arabia have exchanged
delegations to review the process of reopening their diplomatic missions.
On April 8, a delegation of Saudi technical officials arrived in Iran to visit the kingdom’s diplomatic missions in the Islamic Republic and discuss procedures for reopening them.
The team arrived in the capital, Tehran, a few days after Iran and Saudi Arabia officially restored diplomatic relations, which have been severed over the past seven years.
An Iranian technical delegation also traveled to Saudi Arabia on April 11, to make arrangements for the reopening of Iran’s embassy in Riyadh, the consulate general in Jeddah, and the representative office of Iran at the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
On March 10, after several days of intensive negotiations hosted by China, Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to resume their diplomatic relations and reopen their embassies and diplomatic missions after seven years of estrangement.
In a joint statement after signing the agreement, Tehran and Riyadh highlighted the need to respect each others’ national sovereignty and refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of one another.
The two sides agreed to implement a security cooperation agreement signed in April 2001 and another accord reached in May 1998 to boost economic, commercial, investment, technical, scientific, cultural, sports, and youth affairs cooperation.
Much to the dismay of the U.S. and the occupying regime of Israel, the rapprochement has the potential to reduce tensions across a region replete with chaos and calamities for decades.